Homeland Security bill cuts $1.1 billion, goes after FEMA grants

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The bill includes increased personnel for the Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Coast Guard, and the Secret Service, which gets a large increase to deal with the 2012 presidential campaign.

The bill contains $11.8 billion for the CPB — an increase of $443 million over last year’s level.

The bill includes $7.8 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, an increase of $125 million over last year’s level and $293 million below the president’s request.

Homeland Security and Military Construction are the least controversial of the 12 appropriations bills and are the first 2012 appropriations bills to be marked up under a schedule released Wednesday by the committee.

The most controversial bills — dealing with healthcare, job training, education and foreign aid — are to be marked up just before August recess and would come to the House floor in September.

Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) said “the bill recognizes the critical importance of the homeland security mission – fully funding all intelligence and watch listing functions, as well as all frontline personnel. The bill also reflects the unquestioned need for fiscal restraint, reduces spending wherever possible, and prioritizes taxpayers’ limited dollars toward the vital security programs that will have an immediate impact on our nation’s safety and security.”

As was the case under current law, the bill contains a rider preventing the transfer of any detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison.